Lakers to air games on Time Warner Cable beginning with the 2012-2013 season
The Lakers have reached a 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable tobroadcast their games on two new regional sports networks in HD, including the nation's first Spanish-language regional sports network.
The deal, announced Monday, will take effect at the beginning of the 2012-2013 NBA season and will include all the locally available preseason, regular-season and postseason games, said Time Warner spokesperson Nathalie Burgos.
“The Buss family is thrilled to join forces with Time Warner Cable in building the TV home for Lakers fans," Lakers owner Jerry Buss said in a statement. “Time Warner Cable has been producing quality sports programming for over a decade and the Lakers have been producing championship seasons for even longer. I am particularly proud of being part of the first ever Spanish-language RSN in the country. Together I’m confident we will delight our fans.”
The Lakers have had their locally televised games broadcast by KCAL Channel 9 for road games and Fox Sports West showcasing the home games. The Time Warner cable networks will be available to all providers in Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii. Burgos said the network plans to iron out logistics, such as plans for other original Lakers programming, assembling the on-air talent and launching a Lakers-specific website in "the next couple of months."
"This long-term agreement represents a huge win for all Lakers fans, providing destination channels, more content and more platforms for the Lakers, one of the premier brands in professional sports today," Time Warner Cable Chairman and CEO Glenn Britt said in a statement.
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